swalcliffe Concerts



Saturday 7th March 2020 at 7:30pm

in Swalcliffe Church

There will be a bar, doors open 6:45

Tickets are £15

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or call the Box Office on 01295 788127

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“Measure for Measure”

Music from Shakespeare’s Time

PIVA  “The Renaissance Collective” return to Swalcliffe by popular request on Saturday, 7th March 2020 to present their popular programme “Measure for Measure”, featuring the popular dance and ballad music familiar to theatre audiences in Shakespeare’s time in the late 16th and early 17th centuries.

Shakespeare’s plays and poems contain over 3000 different references to music which was an essential part of everyday life in Tudor England.  Shakespeare wrote for all of society, from the courtiers who paid handsomely for the best seats in the house through to the servants paying a penny to stand as groundlings in the pit.  PIVA celebrate this by performing music which runs the gamut from village green to stately court and from rowdy tavern to country house.

PIVA bring this vibrant period and its music alive with stories and tales about life in Shakespeare’s theatre. We will learn how to behave like an Elizabethan audience, discover what interval refreshments were available and find out about the various dangers of attending the theatre.


Since forming in 2002, PIVA – The Renaissance Collective have established themselves as one of the country’s leading early music groups and they play throughout the UK and across Europe, gaining an excellent reputation for lively and entertaining shows.  Playing on a wide range of period instruments such as hurdy gurdies and bagpipes, shawms and curtals, they are all multi-instrumentalists with backgrounds in classical, early, folk and traditional music. Piva melds all these influences together to create music of the past played for today.


“PIVA perform with style and panache”  fRoots Magazine

“Their performance was fantastic”  Stafford Gatehouse Theatre

“Like all good bands Piva need to be experienced live” Paul James, Blowzabella

“A great concert and enjoyed by all”, Acton Court

“We were entertained and enthralled”, Foxlowe Arts Centre


Morisco!; 20 tracks of English Dance and Ballad Music from the Renaissance

Heigh Ho Holiday; another 20 tracks of English Dance and Ballad Music from the Renaissance.

“a joyous reclamation of Elizabethan repertoire, Piva are clearly having sheer good fun.” Early Music Today


Things to look forward to in the coming months include:

Whetstone, Brinsford & Burgess (date TBC)

Three household names from the English Traditional music world

More to be added here shortly


The Swalcliffe Concerts aim to offer a rich mix of musical styles, enhanced by the wonderful acoustics of St Peter and St Paul, Swalcliffe.  The concerts will raise funds for the church itself and other village projects and charities supported by the Swalcliffe Village Fund.   We have more exciting and varied performances lined up for the future so please look out for further announcements on this page.

Car parking will usually be provided through the kindness of Swalcliffe Park School which is a short walk from the Church, please look out for directions signs and follow the directions of parking stewards as you approach the venue.

Facilities: The church now has a wonderful new toilet to disabled standards and a small café which will be in operation for concerts serving hot, cold and alcoholic beverages.  It is usually open 45 minutes before the performance begins and again during the interval.  The bar of the Stags Head, just across the road, is recommended for those who seek a good “bar’s rest” before or after the performance, or for a meal beforehand.  Booking is advised.

Disabled Access: The entrance is up a flight of stone steps, and unassisted disabled access can be very difficult, however the church now has a Stanley Stair Climber which can take manual and powered wheelchairs with occupant up the steps and into the church.  If you would like to use it please give advance notice to the box office number so that we can ensure an operator is available.

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